Last year, when I published a piece about Verdantix's annual review of top environmental management software vendors, there were 15 developers on the list. Now, there are only 12 on the market research and consulting firm's latest update.
This is a reflection of both the industry consolidation that was presaged by the last report and a new mindset among forward-thinking businesse - they are starting to view energy and resource management not just as matters for the compliance department but as the foundation for running more sustainable operations.
"Our analysis uncovered a new desire among customers in sectors like chemicals and manufacturing to use software to improve environmental performance," said Emilie Beauchamp, industry analyst for Verdantix, in prepared comments about the report. "Software suppliers now offer new capabilities to respond to firms' ever-growing requirements to manage, report and optimize their enviornmental performance across greenhouse gases, hazardous waste, water, toxic releases, toxic chemicals and refrigerants."
That shift has favored three "market leaders" in the updated edition (Green Quadrant Environmental Management Software, Global, 2012) - Enablon, IHS and SAP. The things that make these developers stand out are the breadth of features, the integrated workflow processes in their software, and the pre-built connectors and integration frameworks that tie them into other resources, according to Verdantix.
Here are the other nine companies that were listed:
The Verdantix analysis is based on interviews with buyers and suppliers, live product demonstrations, and suppliers' responses to a questionnaire.